LUK, Inc. Gets $200K for Emergency Support Services
October 27, 2020 — LUK, Inc., a Fitchburg nonprofit human services agency, recently was awarded $200,000 in federal grant funding to provide emergency shelter and counseling services for youth under 18 who have been forced to leave their home or cannot live safely with a parent, legal guardian, or relative.
Beth Barto, CEO of LUK, Inc., note that the organization will use the funding, from the Department of Health and Human Services, to work “with young people to reunify with family whenever possible, obtain education or vocational advancement, improve social/emotional health and develop or strengthen permanent connections”
Congresswoman Lori Trahan, who announced the grant, said, “As we continue to grapple with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, we can’t lose sight of this crisis’ impact on our youth, especially those who have been forced from their homes.
“This is a moment that requires more investments in organizations like LUK who are doing incredible work to make sure those vulnerable children have access to a safe shelter and an opportunity to continue improving their lives. This substantial federal investment will be key in bolstering those efforts in central Massachusetts, and I couldn’t be more thrilled to see it awarded to such an outstanding organization.”
Founded in 1970 as the Let Us Know Crisis Center, LUK today annually serves 700 youth, adults, and families, and impacts 12,000 through its prevention, education, and training programs. The agency has 250 employees, more than 80 foster homes, four residential program settings and six office locations in Fitchburg, Worcester, Webster, Lowell, and Boylston.
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